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The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum
Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
Cathedral Cats by Richard Surman
Civil Wars by David Moats
A Constellation of Cats edited by Denise Little
Day of Reckoning by Jack Higgins
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Doctor Who: The Myth Makers by Donald Cotton
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
The Haunted Planet by D.J. Arneson
The Last Girls by Lee Smith
The Locket by Richard Paul Evans
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Martian Time-Slip by Philip K. Dick
Scooby-Doo and the Haunted Doghouse by Horace J Elias
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madelene L'Engle
Whispers by Dean Koontz
Wild Crimes by Dana Stabenow
A Year by the Sea by Joan Anderson

Miscellaneous:
Almost Ready for Harriet
Blankets Back on the Bed
A Busy Month of Guests
A Crib for Harriet
An Early Birthday Party
Getting Ready for Harriet
Good News for Sean's School
Inspired by...
No More Non-Stress Tests
One Last Ultrasound
That Darned Sock
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Comments for An Early Birthday Party

Sean tells a joke at his partyAn Early Birthday Party: 08/12/06

Judy and Charlie arrived last night in time for dinner to help us celebrate Sean's birthday a week early. We went to Chevy's last night, meeting there after the end of Sean's school.

After dinner I baked Sean's cake, though I waited until this morning to frost it. For the cake I used my grandmother's standard chocolate chip recipe but Sean requested chocolate icing for the frosting. It must be the first time in about 65 years that anyone in the family has deviated from the traditional recipe where we normally use peanut butter in the frosting mix.

Today's birthday party was really nice. We had sandwiches for lunch. Sean opted for peanut butter and jelly (black currant jam). We had either turkey or roast beef.

After lunch it was birthday cake time! Sean let us sing the birthday song this year: it used to freak him out when he was younger. We were horribly off-key so perhaps we should go back to banning the song. Then Sean blew out his candles (one at a time). We all enjoyed a slice of the cake. It turned out well: nice and moist and the chocolate was really good (although I did miss the peanut butter a little).

Then it was time for presents. My big present was the now finished helicopter shirt. Ian took care of the rest of the present buying, getting three Pokémon DVDs and Super Mario Party 5. Judy and Charlie gave him some wonderful t-shirts from their trip to South America. They also gave him an adorable coati mundi stuffed animal.

All in all, it was a great party. It was a nice family get-together.



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